Friday, August 3

Random Rules Friday.

Random Rules Friday!

Here's one that could use some reader participation in the comments section.

I've been listening to my iPod on 'random' this morning, and here are the last 20 tracks played; no skipping over embarrassing tracks allowed:

'Are You Experienced?' - Devo - Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology

(Devo is the best. I don't think there's another band out there that encapsulates my socio-political beliefs more perfectly than these guys.)

'Becky & The Girls' - The Automatics - The Automatics
(Early 90's Mutant Pop that's still just as much fun to listen to today. Think Screeching Weasel, but catchier and...you know...good.)

'Is He Your Boyfriend?' - Antifreeze - Four Letter Words
(A Wisconsin pop-punk band that signed with Kung-Fu records several years back. I think my band played with them once or twice. Bleh.)

'Follow You Down' - Gin Blossoms - Outside Looking In: The Hits
(This song is great. I listen to it once every few weeks, and I never tire of it. The Gin Blossoms wrote some classic 90's rock songs.)

'The Party Song' - Blink-182 - Enema Of The State
(I haven't heard this album in forever. It wasn't all that bad, it was just seriously overplayed. I can still play this on the drums, sadly.)

'Jennifer' - Letters To Cleo - Wholesale Meats & Fish
(Kay Hanley = Better than you, and the voice of Josie & The Pussycats to boot! She has a great voice, writes great lyrics and is a Red Sox fan. Done.)

'New Blue Moon' - Traveling Wilburys - Volume 3
(I thought the best assembling of musicians on Earth would have played better music. Maybe it's still out there, but I haven't found it yet.)

'Strange Magic' - Electric Light Orchestra - Strange Magic: The Collection
(ELO is one of my favorite bands of all time. Jeff Lynne is an absolute genius in the studio, and wrote some of the catchiest and most memorable tunes ever.)

'Blue Moon' - Less Than Jake - Greased
(Another song I haven't heard in awhile. Less Than Jake covered the Grease soundtrack for some reason, and it's pretty awesome if you're a fan of the band.)

'Ashtray Monument' - Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
(For as much as I adore Jawbreaker, Algebra One took their formula and beat them at their own game. This is probably their best album, however.)

'Birds' - ALL - Live Plus One
(This is my favorite live album, because Ben is in the front row, and you can hear him on like, 5 different songs. Oh, and ALL rules.)

'Enough' - Dance Hall Crashers - The Live Record
(This is probably one of DHC's best tracks, which isn't saying too much. They were cute and catchy and all, but there were just too many better bands in the genre.)

'How's My Driving, Doug Hastings?' - Less Than Jake - Losing Streak
(Hey, another LTJ song! Losing Streak was the first LTJ record I ever bought, and their next release, Hello Rockview, is one of my Top 5 favorite albums ever.)

'On And On And On' - Catch 22 - Catch 22 Live
(Another ska track? At least it's a song from Keasbey Nights, the universally-accepted Greatest 3rd Wave Album Of All-Time, hands-freaking down.)

'A New Part Of Town' - Matt Pond PA - The Green Fury
(Matt Pond PA should be sharing radio and Pitchfork-space with Death Cab & The Shins. Why they aren't as popular is beyond me; they're just as good, if not better.)

'Zak And Sara' - Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
(Ben Folds has written some of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. This isn't necessarily one of them, but that's okay. I still wish he'd get back together with Darren and Robert.)

'If Only' - Goldfinger - Hang Ups
(A lot of punks got pissed at Goldfinger when they put out a ska-influenced album, but I think that in terms of songwriting, this might be their best album besides Open Your Eyes.)

'The Sporting Life' - The Decemberists - Picaresque
(This song is great because Colin takes a typical, whiny-emo premise (I suck at sports), and crafts it the way only he can. One of the most gifted current songwriters, no doubt.)

'Broken Drum' - Beck - Guero
(For all intents and purposes, we should be completely sick of Beck and his schtick by now, but we're kind of not. It's the same feeling I have for the Beastie Boys.)

'Streetlights' - Josh Rouse - Nashville
(Josh Rouse is a dick, and I've only liked 4 of his songs. Still though, that's a far better percentage that Ryan Adams currently has in my book.)

So, my question to you is, what are the last few songs you've heard today? What did you play in the car? Hear on the radio? At work? There is no self-editing allowed; just the most recent songs, period, love them or hate them.

Sound off in the comments section and let us know the most recent songs in your head. Enjoy your weekend, yo.

Comments:
These are always my favorite. You can tell SO much about a person if they give you the "true" 20 songs that were played by their iPod/better than iPod MP3 player.

I'll get back to you shortly.
 
Rawk. I like doing this, too. It sure beats, "What's in 'yer fridge?"
 
I'll have the player spit out my recently played playlist... lots of indie standards:

Antibalas - Security - 02 - Filibuster X
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha - 06 - Armchairs
Low - Drums and Guns - 02 - Belarus
Anathallo - Floating World - 02 - Genessaret Going Out Over 30,000 Fathoms of Water
Sufjan Stevens - Waste Of What Your Kids Won't Have
Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene - 03 - 7-4 (Shoreline)
Feist - The Reminder - 06 - Sea Lion Woman (Nina Simone Cover)
Damien Rice - Like A Version - 13 - When Doves Cry
Maroon 5 - It Won't Be Soon Before Long - 03 - Little Of Your Time
Jamie Lidell - Multiply - 02 - Multiply
Amy Winehouse - Rehab (Hot Chip Remix)
Rogue Wave - 07 - Descended Like Vultures - California
White Rabbits - Fort Nightly - 01 - Kid On My Shoulders
Strung out on ok computer - 03 - Exit Music (For a Film)
The National - Boxer - 01 - Fake Empire
 
Really good stuff (I think I have 6 of those albums). Hey, don't be a stranger to the comments section!

By the way, what's Sufjan up to? I've been expecting the next 'State' album for almost 3 years!

It should be noted that I'm only up to the letter "L" in my iTunes uploading spree (with a few exceptions), so there's about 51% of my library that isn't in there yet. I'm not making excuses, it just takes a really long time to archive.
 
I listened to talk radio on the way in to work, so that doesn't help. I guess I can just put the 20 songs that come up first on my iPod if I shuffle...

Wait, no I can't. Just checked it...battery is dead. I did however hear a coworker whistling the theme song from the Addams Family.
 
I Was just belting out ALL's Hate to Love off of the Live Plus One album.

I love that song.

Then when I got home and turned on the I tunes the first song was The Descendents"I Don't Want to Grow Up"

Polysics' Ah-Yeah!! is playing as I type.

Later.
 
Ben, burn me a copy of Sexy Karate. I'll buy it when it's finally released in the states, but I just can't wait any longer, yo.

Thanks in advance.
 
I meant Karate House by Polysics. Sexy Karate is the name of a 2 Skinnee J's album I have.
 
REM - Voice of Harold (they actually mention West Columbia, SC in this song)
Willie Nelson - Bubbles in my Beer
Mojo Nixon - Baby's Liquored Up
Slaid Cleaves - Broke Down
Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl
Gorillaz - 911
Jupiter Coyote - That's Happenin'
Polyphonic Spree - Light and Day
Ram Jam - Black Betty
Chris Isaak - Graduation Day
Brooks and Dunn - Beer Thirty
George Jones - Finally Friday
Johnny Cash - Hung My Head
Machinehead - Message in a Bottle
Bad Religion - Live Again (The Fall of Man)
Pink Floyd - Stop
Radiohead - Anyone Can Play Guitar
American Gun - Tears (going to see them tomorrow night)
Alphaville - Dance With Me
4th of July - Shooter Jennings (currently playing...)

This was fun, and as you can see, my music is all over the place as well.
 
Really good stuff
Thanks CDP!

By the way, what's Sufjan up to?
Supposedly a bird-themed album. There's a bunch of bird tracks floating around from live shows. My favorite is Majesty Snowbird which he played at the Milwaukee show I was at last year. (Reviewed it here)

Have fun iTunes archiving!
 
Nice variety. Anyone with Polyphonic Spree and Radiohead nestled right next to Brooks & Dunn and Willie Nelson can't be anything but cultured.



/Saw Brooks & Dunn live.
//Had a really good time.
///Not apologizing.
 
A bird-themed album? Why doesn't he just go through the encyclopedia from page 1 and write a song for everything that's ever existed?

At this rate, he'll never get to Wisconsin.
 
At this rate, he'll never get to Wisconsin.

Probably not SC either...

Brooks and Dunn is one of my guilty pleasures...Willie Nelson is a god.
 
Since my iRiver is hardly ever charged these days (too lazy to add new music to it...) I can answer this once Pandora cycles through a little more.

Right now Butterfly Boucher's "Soul Back" is playing on the "appropriate for work" station that I programmed. So, I guess I just outed myself as blog-commenting on work time.

Here's my list (which I will limit to ten, since I probably should get back to doing some actual work):

Complicated - Avril Lavigne: Because every state-employed bean counter has a little poser riot-grrrl inside just screaming to get out. Or something...

Sunrise - Shannon Hurley:
Pandora picked this for me. It's a nice upbeat song.

Wishing I Was There - Natalie Imbruglia:
I have this album (Left of the Middle), as well as the follow-up. It's pop music - easy on the ears and meant for mass consumption.

Razorblade - The Strokes:
The Strokes are okay. I guess. I can't really say I'm a fan.

Lightning Crashes - Live:
The Throwing Copper album. My husband and I are planning on seeing them in concert here in a couple of months. The band falls into my "I participated in the Grunge scene in high school and all I got was this lousy flannel shirt" genre. Compared to some music that gets played today, a lot of this stuff was really good music, and the whole cadre of artists (except Nirvana) are my old standby's.

Open Your Eyes - Snow Patrol:
From Eyes Open, which I have (as well as the previous CD, Final Straw, which is equally good). I saw them earlier this year at the Hard Rock in Orlando. Fabulous live show.

Lebanese Blonde - Thievery Corporation:
From their second album that mixes trip-hop with international influences in the grooves & tempos. Good stuff.

This Charming Man - Stars:
From the Nightsongs album. Stars is one of my current favorite bands...although I will admit a weakness for canadian artists (The Tragically Hip is another favorite). I can't wait to get their new album.

Godspell - The Cardigans:
From Super Extra Gravity (which, again, I own). I love just about every single song on this album. They're more than that band that did that song featured in the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack. Some of their songs are really kind of dark, lyrically, but as soon as I mention them to some of my friends they automatically start humming "Lovefool".

Anchor - Letters To Cleo:
The album is Go!, which was the third album. I love that Kay Hanley had a little part in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, which was loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew. I'm a sucker for Shakespeare. She also provided vocals for the Josie & The Pussycats movie. Kay still makes music, and sometimes does shows. She has a MySpace profile (doesn't everyone?)
 
JT - Willie Nelson is one of those artists (like Johnny Cash) that's just universally agreed upon; no scene or snobbery required.

Furthermore, it's a shame that 'actual' Country/Western music doesn't exist in the mainstream anymore. The only people making 'real' C/W are referred to as 'alt-country' artists. WTF?

MAUS - The Missus is an insane Kay Hanley fan. You'd get along.
It's weird that we both had LTC songs pop into our lists.

I have 4 of the albums you mentioned. Stars is fantastic (go Canada!), and the last Snow Patrol album was in constant rotation in my old car.

Most importantly, we both are state-employed. Hooray for affordable health insurance!
 
Furthermore, it's a shame that 'actual' Country/Western music doesn't exist in the mainstream anymore. The only people making 'real' C/W are referred to as 'alt-country' artists. WTF?

I agree. I actually wrote a post on this quite a while back, that all music now being played on the radio is pop.

Country = pop with a twang

Hard rock = pop with a few riffs

Rap = pop with a slight urban flair

That's why I'm so pleased that Shooter Jennings (Waylon's son) is receiving airplay.
 
Er, I think you meant "poop."
 
Either way.
 
For Some good "Real Country" you need to listen to Drag the River.

Putting the "o" back in c_untry.
 
Damn you, music snobs. My mainstream lists follows...

1. Who Needs Sleep? - Barenaked Ladies

2. Dammit - Blink 182

3. Pop Song 89 - Motion City Soundtrack

4. I Ain't Mad At Cha - Tupac

5. Here's To The Night - Eve 6

6. Don't Leave Me - Blink 182

7. Taboo Topics - Jerry Seinfeld

8. Rabbit Run - Eminem

9. Cold Hard Bitch - Jet

10. Victory - Puff Daddy (or so he was known) featuring Christopher Wallace, aka, Notorious B.I.G.

11. Party Games - Brian Regan

12. Holiday - Green Day

13. Air Travel - Jerry Seinfeld (a personal favorite from "I'm Telling You for the Last Time"

14. Into the Airwaves - Jack's Mannequin

15. She - Green Day

16. Food Fast - Jim Gaffigan

17. Count Your Last Blessings - Sum 41

18. Only You - 112

19. I Melt With You - Good Riddance (decent cover)

20. The Killers - Midnight Show

My MP3 was not "feeling it" today. This is a fair representation as to what I like to listen to on a daily basis, but many bands weren't represented. I digress.
 
And I saw Live, um, live back in 1999. Good times were had all around. Unfortunately, Orgy followed onstage and, how should put this...?

Had they been trapped in a West Virginia cole mine, they wouldn't be missed.

Too soon for the WV cole mining jokes?
 
Kay still makes music, and sometimes does shows.

But unfortunately you'll never see her unless you live in Boston or LA. I could have seen her in 1995, but don't get me started on that story...
 
Speaking of Letters to Cleo...Aurora Gory Alice was the first CD I ever bought. It was the summer before sixth grade, and I had just got my first CD player. :)
 
HATHERY - My first CD was Weezer's Blue Album. It was a good place to start.

BENJAMIN - Drag The River rulez with a 'z.'

MOE - Good list; we have a lot of the same albums. I listen to Seinfeld's album at least once a year, along with Brian Regan and Demitri Martin.

WV Coal Mining jokes are acceptable, but we need to hold off on bridge collapse jokes for at least 3 months.
 
This is from my player, shuffled. It is what I am listening to now, and probably until I go to bed tonight.

1. The Kingston Trio - "The Man Who Never Returned"
2. Aerosmith - "Janie's Got a Gun"
3. Garbage - "For You"
4. Shaggy - "It Wasn't Me"
5. Jim Croce - "Mr. Bojangles"
6. Blessid Union of Souls - "I Believe"
7. Blues Traveller - "Hook"
8. Paul Simon - "Me and Julio"
9. Weezer - "Suzanne"
10. Diggable Planets - "Cool Like Dat"
11. Simple Minds - "Don't You Forget About Me"
12. Billy Joel - "Downeaster Alexa"
13. Tears for Fears - "Sowing the Seeds of Love"
14. The Decemberists - "Shankhill Butchers"
15. Tom Petty - "Room at the Top"
16. Janice Joplin - "Take (Another Little Piece of my Heart)"
17. Tom Waits - "Tango Till They're Sore"
18. Crash Test Dummies - "Afternoon and Coffeespoons"
19. U2 - "Watch Them Go Down"
20. Bob Dylan - "My Tamborine Man"

This is an odder selection than I would have thought, but still pretty representative of my normal choices.

I think the first cassette I ever bought was Madonna's "True Blue" album. And I'm pretty darn sure the first CD I ever bought was Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" (still one of my favorite, albeit suicidally depressing albums).
 
I copies this straight off the most played list. Don't judge.

Say hello wave goodbye - david gray

Valkyrie missle - Angels and
Airwaves

the gift -Angels and airwaves

one week -BNL

shine on -Rascal Flatts

summer shudder -AFI

If I had a million $ -BNL

we're not right -David Gray

sam's town -the killers

when you were young -the killers

read my mind -the killers

like I am -Rascal Flatts

for reasons unknown -the killers

bones -the killers

the one you love -Terri Clark

uncle johnny -the killers

this river is wild -the killers

the adventure -angels and airwves

silver lining -david gray
 
Moe Green - Have you been to a Motion City Soundtrack show? I've only seen them once, and they were great, except they were the last band on a 4-band bill and I had to leave before their encore*. The venue had no a/c...in summer...in Florida. Relief was found at the full liquor bar, though, and since it was "all-ages" I was one of only a handful of legal drinkers. No line at the bar. Great music. Good (sweaty, drunken) times.
The Killers were also good, the one time I saw them in concert. It was an actual stadium show, though, so I didn't get to meet the band afterward like I try to do at the smaller shows.

*Why do encores seem obligatory now, anyway?
 
My 40G iPod went all question marky on me a ways back, so I've been borrowing my brother's old 20G for almost a year. I tell you this because the 20G holds only half the music I've imported into iTunes and the 20 songs that follow might not be representative of the more embarrassing music I have at my disposal.

Here goes:

1. Hells Bells, AC/DC. Believe it or not, Back in Black is not my favorite AC/DC album. It's not even in the top five. But it sure does kick ass, and Hells Bells gets the party goin' right.

2. She Came in through the Bathroom Window, The Beatles. Like a schmuck, I failed to use iTunes "join songs" feature for the fantastic medley that finishes one of my favorite albums. Hearing the tune out of sequence make me want to listen to the rest of the album right now. At least it ends like a real song, so there's some closure.

3. Long May You Run, Neil Young, MTV Unplugged. Who doesn't love Neil Young? He's a little bit country, he's a little bit rock n roll.

4. I wanted to Tell You, Matthew Sweet. Sweet's Girlfriend was my best friend the summer of '92. I even love the shitty songs, like You Don't Love Me or Wynona. Check out Goodfriend, wherein Sweet re-records come classic Girlfriend tunes and throws in some live tracks.

5. On a Plain, Nirvana, Unplugged in New York. What can you say? Nothing.

6. Money Made You Mean, Indigo Girls. Oh, I knew an Indigo Girls song would pop up. I love the IGs. There, I said it. The only band I've seen more times the Girls is Rush--oh shit, two confessions in one song description. Go ahead, pelt me with rotten tomatoes, I don't care. I love the Indigo Girls and Rush.

7. Sign of the Crab, Evil Stig. Joan Jett fronted the Gits after Mia Zapata was killed and recorded this eponymous live album. It's like what the Blackhearts should have sounded like.

8. Cure for Pain, Morphine. "Where is the cave / Where the wise woman went / And tell me where / Where's all that money that I spent." Morphine was a brilliant band. Just a drummer with a tiny kit, a guy who could play 2 saxes at once, and Eraserhead playing a 2-string bass with a slide singing like everyone he ever knew just died right in front of him. What could go wrong?

9. It's a Man's Man's Man's World, Concrete Blond. The Blond covering James Brown. Not my fave Blond song, but hey, I'll take it.

10. Art Class, Superchunk. Lots of folks claim Superchunk's gotten old and lame; I say they've gotten Mature and polished. You know, like what happens to adults. Art Class is my favorite song on Here's to Shutting Up.

11. I Am A Child, Neil Young. See #3. I'm sure Uncle Neil plays this ditty each year at the Bridge School concert.

12. Rush, Big Audio Dynamite II. This ain't the Clash, folks. This song was cute when it came out; it hasn't aged well. That break in the middle with the old guy talking and the organ is particularly grating.

13. Falling, Matthew Sweet. Old MS hasn't written many great songs since Girlfriend. This one ain't even close to being good. Jeez, 2 Neil Young songs and mow 2 Matthew Sweet songs. What stupid setting did I use on this damn thing?

14. A Day In The Life, The Beatles. All right, now I know something's up. C'mon lucky number 15!

15. When You Sleep, Cake. Jackpot! Is there a bad Cake song? Maybe a couple on Motorcade of Generosity, but once John McCrea really grabbed the reins there was no stopping him.

16. The Stroke, Billy Squier. Ouch. I'm 12 again. Someone give me a swirlie just for old times sake.

17. Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul Simon. Whenever I hear this song all I can think of is Simon singing it on SNL while wearing a Chicken suit. At least I think it was this song. It's a sweet love song, but he doesn't do anything particularly crazy in it so I have no idea what he's talking about.

18. Phyisical Poerty, Dramarama. The band recorded Everybody Dies after that doofus from VH1 got them together again for the awesome Bands Reunited show. It's not a terrible album, but it ain't that great, and this song is one of the worst on it.

19. Old Laughing Lady, Neil Young Unplugged. What the fuck is going on here? I tell you, number 20 better not be...

20. The Soft Parade, The Doors. Ok, when I was 13 or so, my parents had the great idea of repainting my bedroom. My dad decided to take a smoke break, and in his absence I put on The Soft Parade Album. So I'm listening and listening, grooving along as only a 13-year-old white boy can groove to songs any church organist would love, when this song comes on. The intro begins with Morrison's voice in a Cousin Brucey echo chamber, "When I was back there in seminary school..." Morrison recites some psuedo religious nonsense, and in the pause before he screams "You cannot petition the Lord with Prayer!" my dad walks in, unaware of what he was in for. So Morrison screams, my dad jumps and his butt ashes all over his shirt, and then he proceeds to yell at me for 10 minutes. Thanks, Jim.



18.
 
The Scooby Doo laugh-track was created at Duke University in 1976.
 
...By a crack team of Arcade Fire fans.

Awesome lists, folks. Thanks for going public with them; I know you all a little better now. I don't really know where to start, so I'll just say that my iPod exploded on me yesterday, and I'll be spending all week trying to throw money at it until it's fixed. I'm pissed off and music-less in my car.

Whaddabuncha crap.
 
Woohoo--my iPod is charged now! here's my list:

1. Neil Jung- Teenage Fanclub

2. Pacific Palisades- Ash

3. Radiapathy- the Velvet Teen

4. Girl Inform Me- The Shins

5. So Sweet- Maria Mena w/ Thomas Dybdahl

6. Just Out of Reach- The Zombies

7. Radio- Teenage Fanclub

8. Life Is Sh*t- The Dead Milkmen

9. Jefferson- matt pond PA

10. Angels- All Star United

11. Boy Blue- Electric Light Orchestra

12. Hulk Hogan Bubblebath- Ash

13. Dean's Dream- The Dead Milkmen

14. Find Our Way- The Apples in Stereo

15. Ain't that Enough- Teenage Fanclub

16. New Fall- matt pond PA

17. What More Can I Do- the Zombies

18. The Silvery Light of a Dream- The Apples in Stereo

19. The Past & Pending- The Shins

20. Telephone Line- Electric Light Orchestra

Yikes...based on my list, it's pretty clear I don't have much variety on my podron at the moment...
 
Best. Shuffle. EVAR.
 
Godot -

If I was not already planning on proposing, I would mail you a diamond, sight unseen, based upon your list.

Missus -

ELO will always rule.
 
Godot gets points for Suzanne alone.

Jeff Lynne PWNS all.
 

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